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Güneş joined the Department of Digital Humanities in 2019 as ESRC Postdoctoral Fellow prior to assuming her role as Lecturer in Digital Innovation and Management. She gained her PhD from Birkbeck, University of London with research on (open) data-driven practices, initiatives and discourses in the context of smart city planning in London. In her dissertation, Güneş locates smart cities and data-driven governance within the wider debates of digital culture and traces a historical lineage to the relation between cybernetics and urban planning. Her current research investigates how digital apps modulate urban infrastructure and what the social, material and cultural implications of these emerging hybrids are.

Prior to her PhD studies, Güneş worked at a civil society organisation in Istanbul where she carried out policy research on ICT, digital innovation, and e-government. Following that, she led projects on digital surveillance and censorship in Turkey, which included preparing reports for the Association for Progressive Communications.


Güneş has taught across different subjects including technology and development, urban media and mediated urban, digital cultures and theoretical approaches in media studies. Currently, she’s teaching on Digital Asset and Media Management, Macro Perspectives on the Digital Economy and Digital Health.

Research interests 

  • Critical Data Studies
  • Urban media & mediated urban
  • Apps, APIs and urban infrastructure
  • Cybernetic urbanism

Selected Publication

Tavmen, G. (2020) ‘Data/infrastructure in the smart city: Understanding the infrastructural power of Citymapper app through technicity of data’, Big Data & Society.